Bathroom sink design can be overwhelming. Not only do you want a sink that is functional, but you want something that will match the design of the bathroom. There are so many style choices that it can become confusing. Here is a brief overview of the most popular sink designs and the benefits offered by each.
Standard Vanity Bowls
Many people prefer the standard vanity counter with a sink bowl. This design has worked for decades, and with so many choices in material, color, and size, it will remain popular for the standard bathroom. A vanity can be customized in size, shape, and dimension.
Wall Hung Sinks
These are not widely used, but they can be great for children's bathrooms, those who need a lower sink, or small bathrooms where space is not available. They are installed directly on the wall with no counter. The plumbing is hidden behind the sink. The challenge is that the wall must be strong enough to hold the weight of the sink and water. Many contractors won't install them unless the wall is a solid structural one.
A pedestal sink is a great choice for guest baths and half or quarter bathrooms. There is no cabinetry involved. The sink bowl is a solid piece on top of a stand. The pipes can be hidden in the pedestal portion of the sink itself. Installation is relatively simple and can be completed by anyone with basic plumbing knowledge. These sinks are popular for small rooms and bathrooms used by children.
Vessel sinks are popular in modern homes. They require more space, and the installation process is different. The faucets for these sinks are attached either to the back of the counter or directly on the wall behind the sink. With a vessel sink, you can choose to have a bowl that sits on a counter or a bowl that is partially submerged in the counter. Vessel sinks can also be created from virtually any material.
Double Sink Vanities
For homeowners with a large bathroom, a double sink can add a wonderful design element. You can choose a single vanity counter with 2 sinks, or 2 individual counters for the sinks. They are used most often in master suite bathrooms as a 'his' and 'hers' sink.
Regardless of the style of sink chosen, a variety of materials will be available. Porcelain remains a popular choice. It's easy to maintain and can be incorporated into any design scheme. Fiberglass-reinforced plastic is popular in homes where a sink needs to be molded to an add shape. The downside of fiberglass is that the finish doesn't last long and it isn't as durable as other materials. Other materials such as stainless steel, china, and stone are also available.